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Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Saving Tips For Home Appliances

Electrical appliances can vary greatly in energy efficiency.  When purchasing a new appliance, always check the EU Energy Label.  This shows the appliances energy rating and other information on its performance class.  Choosing to buy the right appliances can have a very positive effect on your energy bills.

Of course, it’s important that you use your appliances efficiently in order to maximise savings.  Here are some handy energy saving tips for home with appliances:


Avoid Rush Hour!

  • 5-7pm is the peak time for energy demand. This peak demand means excess power must be generated by less efficient power stations which are more expensive to operate, driving up the cost of the electricity they provide and increasing carbon emissions.
  • By waiting until after 7pm to use your washing machine or dishwasher, you can help reduce wastage and be friendlier to the environment.

Cooking

  • Your oven is very expensive to use.  Try to use it efficiently by cooking more than one item at a time. Avoid opening the door while cooking –20% of the heat will escape every time you do.
  • Put lids on pots and turn down the heat when the water starts to boil.
  • Use the microwave for reheating – it’s more efficient than the oven, making your home more energy efficient.

Fridge & Freezer

  • Avoid letting frost build up inside your fridge or freezer as this will increase energy consumption.  Try to defrost them every six months.
  • Make sure the door is sealing tightly.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer in the coolest part of the kitchen as far away from the cooker as possible.
  • Let food cool down before you put it in the fridge or freezer.  If it’s still hot it will use more energy to cool it down.

Dishwashers

  • Wash at lower temperatures if possible.
  • Clean off food before putting items in the dishwasher.
  • Wait till you have a full load before putting on a wash.
  • Let the dishes air dry rather than using the drying cycle.

Washing Machine

  • Try to wash at lower temperatures whenever possible to conserve energy at home.
  • Use a cold rinse.
  • A full load of washing is more efficient than two half loads.

Tumble Dryers

  • If possible dry clothes outside.
  • Separate light items from heavy and dry them separately.
  • Clean the filter of the dryer regularly to improve performance.

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